Monday, 30 July 2012

Art To Me Is........

Art means a lot in my life. Its everything for me and its everywhere around me. As I said earlier "I find solace in Art". So whenever I'm sad or disappointed I create. Saying that doesn't mean that I create only when I feel down but Art has such impact in my life that it revives my inner-self, it oozes confidence in me, it kills negativity in and around me,it charges my soul,  its sort of energy booster. I find myself as a very new me. 

After a month long sabbatical I'm back and such long vacation made me lethargic.........So to lift up my spirit I created. I wanted to stencil one of the wall in my living room but before that I gave it a try on this pot and it  turned out so well that I'm confident now and soon I'm going to stencil wall also.
This stencil I got free with my acrylic color pack and was wondering since then where I'll going to use it. Then saw this blank and dull pot and decided to give it a new look and here it is............

Now that my creative juices started flowing again stay tuned for more exciting DIY and inspirations.

P.S : All images are blur and dull because I used my VGA mobile camera and these are night shots.

Thanks Again,!

Happy Monday, friends!  I cannot believe that we're already at the end of July!  As much as I love Fall, I don't want summer to end just yet.

Speeeeeaking of Fall ... I was be-YOND flattered (and dumbfounded) when the kind folks at Better Homes and Gardens recently contacted me to see if they could include another Fall mantel of ours as part of this year's Fall Mantel Decorating Ideas feature on their website! 
Here's our mantel from last year and what had to say:

Welcoming Fall Mantel

"Becca ( combined rustic and vibrant elements on her fall mantel, using a metal-and-wrought-iron frame as a focal point for her design. A vintage wooden pheasant figurine, a red fall sign, and small gourds placed under a glass cloche to give her mantel pops of color. Creamy pumpkins, candles, and burlap-wrapped pitcher add to the design, and a garland made from fall-hue wooden beads strung together on picture wire adds a fun layer. The mantel gains a welcoming glow with light-up branches placed in a pitcher alongside faux florals, natural branches, and feathers."

I'm like a proud Mom seeing our little mantel included on their website! When you have a moment, you should take a peek at the other mantels they featured (click here) ... they are fabulous!  And, I'm sure you'll recognize quite a few of them!  Yes, I'm truly humbled to be in their company.

So, again, thank you, ... I'm not worthy, but sincerely appreciative!

Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!


Friday, 27 July 2012

Fern Stand Table

I found a rather yucky fern stand with great lines and a cheap price...



 so I knew that I couldn't pass it up.

This is the before picture...

Yucky right? Well, I did some painting & creating and this is the shabby outcome of my efforts!

Now, it's just a sweet bedside lamp table. After a new top, I painted black and white check on the inside only of the legs and added swirls

Monday, 23 July 2012

Hutch Decor 101-107

Before I show you how I have my hutch displayed currently, let's go down memory lane...shall we?

First came the hutch, found at a thrift store. Then I painted it to lighten and freshen it up. I fell in love!

 I used Annie Sloan Old White and Old Ochre Chalk Paint.

Now let's look at the transformations in decor on the hutch...

Hutch 101 - Ironstone Pitcher Collection:

Hutch 102 -

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Free Shopping!

Happy Sunday!  It's that time again for "Let's Switch Things Up a Bit!" 

Today's victim ... the dining room:

Newly painted lamps (AS Old White) that used to be green and in the great room now give the buffet a lighter look:

A blue runner flew on over to the buffet ... it not only serves as a fun pop of color to contrast with our white pieces, but also helps to tie in with the blue plates on the shelves:

It's fun to shop your house to create new vignettes, isn't it?

This glass cloche filled with yummy "faux" cheese, grapes and corks traveled on over from the dry bar in the breakfast area:

... the engraved cheese knives from PB are still one of my faves:

Over on the table, painted candlesticks (AS Old White) ...

A dainty pitcher filled with faux florals:

annnnd, a fleur-de-lis dish:

help to create another simple vignette:

I suppose the *only* drawback to shopping your house is that it leaves lots of empty spaces that need to be filled in in other places ... oops!  Time to shop the house some *more* I suppose ... what a vicious fun cycle!

Sooo, just which rooms are *you* shopping today?!

Thanks for stopping by,

I'm linking up with: 

DIY by Design/Sizzle into Summer
French Country Cottage/Feathered Nest Friday
Thistlewood Farms/All About Color


Friday, 20 July 2012

I love Rum Cake!

Happy Friday !!

I'm keeping this short and sweet, but wanted to share something that we've wanted to do for a long time ... we *finally* got new carpet! 

BEFORE:  Not *too* bad ... in PICTURES!  But, up close ... it had a much different story to tell!  Trust me!

DURING:  Goodbye boring, flat builder-grade carpet filled with pet stains, kiddo stains, food/drink stains annnnd, yes, paint stains (not to mention lots of pink undertones, which I never truly noticed until after seeing this picture)!  

AFTER:  Well, hello Mohawk SmartStrand Silk "Rum Cake" carpet!  The fine folks from Lowe's installed it for us, and we couldn't have been more pleased with the installers' promptness, skill and professionalism.

I LOVE how lush and semi-shaggy this carpet is ... the padding is nice and thick, too!  Our Dyson is not quite sure what to do with carpet that it doesn't glide over ... it actually has to work now!  LOL 

We also had Jax's bedroom and "guest room turned playroom" done in this carpet, as well.  Our 4th bedroom (which is John's office) is hardwood.  Yes, this was definitely a "why didn't we do this years ago" project !!  I'm sure many of  you have those types, as well!

I hope you all have a great weekend.  I'm going to go roll around some more on the new carpet!  LOL

Thanks for stopping by,


Thursday, 19 July 2012

SkyView Back Yard!

This post is sort of crazy in that my young and cute, handy dandy handyman was up on my roof fixing some shingles and he said, "Go get me your camera, and I will take pictures of your backyard from up here for your blog"! Isn't he just wonderful thinking of you guys? To take these pictures, he was standing at the top of the roof right where the arrow is...crazy guy! Since he had my camera, I

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

All Ready for Fall!

Yup, I'm all decorated for Fall!  Okay, okay ... juuuuust kidding!  But, I simply couldn't resist the great gathering that Amy is hosting at WhisperWood Cottage.  You can share your Fall decor and projects from last year to get everyone's wheels spinning for the upcoming season!  In fact, your fabulous project(s) could even end up on the pages of "Cottages & Bungalows" magazine! 

So, humor me as I take a stroll down memory lane ... starting with our Fall mantel! 

Even though it took *foreva,* one of my favorite elements was the garland I made by stringing inexpensive wood craft beads onto picture wire ...

Over on the buffet, Mr. Roo took center stage:

And, how easy was it to add a little something to our lantern by nestling a candle in burlap:

Burlap even made its way to our lamp shades, too! 

The breakfast area didn't go untouched, either ... and, those who know me know that our Fall family tree means a lot! 

I always look forward to wrapping it with natural elements (such as burlap, grapevine, pinecones and leaves) and adding special family photos and sayings to remind me what is truly important!

In the neighboring kitchen, a simple word filled a chalkboard (inspired by SugarPie Farmhouse):

Kitchen canisters were easily filled with Fall goodness:

Onto the dining room ...

mixed in with the fun mercury were the white pumpkins that used to be orange ...

that is, until I painted them with Annie Sloane's Old White chalk paint!

Our neutral sitting room was splashed with corals, reds and browns.  And, yes, those are leaf placemats that I layered on top of the mirrors:

I know white pumpkins will be alll over our house again this year, too!  Here is another painted one that I simply placed on a bright orange leaf ... love the contrast.

Lastly, outside ... I made inexpensive pumpkin topiaries to flank our front door ...

and one of my mesh wreaths stood front and center to greet our guests:

As much as I don't want to wish summer away, admittedly, I am looking forward to football, chili and Fall decorating!  Who's with me ?!

Thanks for stopping by ... don't forget to come on over and party!


I'm also joining:

Savvy Southern Style/WUW
Coastal Charm/Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Mudroom Changes!

Greetings, sweet friends ... remember me?!  May I just say I've been a bad blogging friend lately!  My crazy summer projects here at home, finishing up my parents' home, along with enjoying family fun, have kept me busy, busy ... out of the blogging loop!  Now, it's time to catch up on all that I've missed!
One of the things I've recently tackled was revamping our laundry room just a bit.  Here's a peek at the before ...

And, here's the AFTER (sorry for the grainy quality):

It's amazing the difference a couple of little changes can make, isn't it?  First, I painted our cabinets Annie Sloane's Pure White.  I then painted the walls BM Wythe Blue and the ceiling BM White Sand.

Our little "command central" is clean and fresh (well, kind of, lol) ...

Canister of clips for fun:

I didn't change anything on the soffitt ... really like how the white plates and pitchers look against the blue wall color:

I moved our fun, family sign in here ... nice reminder to us since it's the first thing we see when we enter the house from our garage:

BEFORE ... admittedly, as much as I loved the shelf on the long wall, it was a bit too long as the door entering the house would *some*how always bang into it.  So much so, that the shelf went *kerplunk* on the floor one day, along with the pictures that rested on the shelf ... wasn't a whole lot of fun picking up all of that broken glass!

AFTER!  We removed the shelf, as well as the hooks below ... added more/different frames, which elongated the family gallery wall.  I love how the black frames pop against the wall.  I'll also be adding a family quote (in vinyl) above the pictures:

I then added individual hooks right into the case molding ... super easy (I may end up adding a few more):

Annnnd, of course, the P-U basket is still here, LOL (such a sturdy basket from Target):

Speaking of gallery walls ... I look forward to showing you all more of the coastal redecorating I did at my parents' house, including the gallery wall I created.  Here's a peek at what I added above the frames ... I took an ordinary oar from this:

to this.  I just added layers of paint I had on hand (CeCe Caldwell's Seattle Mist and Vintage White, followed by a bit of Annie Sloane's Duck Egg Blue and navy craft paint).  I then added "FAMILY" and started sanding away ...

love how sanding here and there revealed the layers of paint ... I then added a bit of nautical rope for a fun touch, too:

Stay tuned ....

And, as always, THANKS for stopping by,


I'm linking up with:

Savvy Southern Style/WUW